We had transfers yesterday and I am staying here in Irvine with Elder Wood. This is his last transfer and so in mission terms I am "killing him off." We are doing great together and he is a super awesome missionary.
Quick story. The other night we were following up with a potential in our area book. It took us to this big apartment building and we drove to the top and parked in guest parking. We headed to the apartment number on one of the other floors. When we got to the apartment entry Elder Wood realized he had already tried this one and the person had moved. It was pretty late at night at this point like 8:45ish so we just started heading back to the car. As we were walking by an apartment we heard a dog bark and so we turned and looked at it. Elder Wood took a long look and started to turn away but was like crap realizing he had looked at it too long to just walk away guiltless. haha. So we hesitantly knocked on the door. A middle aged woman answered the door and we told her who we were and asked if she had ever known any Mormons. She answered her husband actually was kinda Mormon. We asked if we could come back and talk to him and she assured us that would be just fine.
So we stopped by again last night and talked to him. His name is Ted and he grew up for a good of part of his teenage life in Fillmore, Utah. He had converted to the church but when he joined the marines had just lost activity in the church. He still loved the church and went with friends frequently but had just not been able to find the courage to find his own ward and get active in it. We asked if we could teach him the lessons and he quickly agreed saying that he would love to feel again how he felt when he originally listened to the missionaries. We set up an appointment to return. It was pretty remarkable that the Lord led us to the one door among thousands that contained a less active member that was seeking to come back. The Lord is leading us slowly along to do his work.
I love this work!